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AN EXQUISITE CANOPY (CHATRA) OF INDO-ISLAMIC STYLE WITH ZARDOZI EMBROIDERY, 18th / 19th century, meant to be hung above the seat of the ruler, with a motif of Surya (sun) with stylised rays around it symbolising the universe, as well as the glory of the ruler, eight flying winged Apsaras (celestial beings) on the four corners of the canopy, intricately embroidered with floral motifs in gold thread that are symbolic of divine blessings, weighing 14000 grams approximately.
The winged Apsaras on the canopy are depicted in the Indo- Islamic style, showing a perfect synchronisation of the two cultures. This is evident from their costume, which is embroidered intricately with coloured thread. The loose pajama, cap, shoes, and the style of the tunic, have strong Persian influences while the ornamentation is evidently Indian, including the nose-ring. Use of the cowry shell for the eyes is an interesting feature and is reminiscent of the convention from Western Indian miniature painting from the 12th century of depicting large eyes. Each Apsara is accompanied by a parrot that is being fed by her. The exquisite quality of the embroidered designs is very close to a painting and is a fine example of the amalgamation of Indo-Islamic art in India.
From the private collection of a Royal Family in Gujarat